Leonardo DiCaprio Commissions Artist To Create Bizarre Portrait Of His Family
By Yimin Huang, 16 Oct 2019
Urs Fischer, Swiss-born contemporary visual artist living in New York City, has created a mindboggling wax figurine of actor Leonardo DiCaprio’s family.
Titled Leo, the sculpture is now displayed at Gagosian in Paris.
The wax figurine can be “activated” by lighting a candle on figurine DiCaprio’s head, such that he would start burning from his forehead onwards, per Artnet. As time passes by, the figurine in the gallery would be reduced to a pool of wax eventually.
DiCaprio is portrayed with his parents George DiCaprio and Irmelin Indenbirken, with the father appearing to converse with him, while his body is attached to another version of himself embracing his mother. Bewildering, indeed.
The version of DiCaprio embracing the mother is also depicted with a smile on his face, while the version facing his father looks serious and formal.
DiCaprio’s parents were divorced when he was just one-year-old. His mother was the main parent who brought him up, and often seen with him at both award shows and gallery openings.
Fischer revealed to Artnet that DiCaprio had approached him to do a portrait, and then he suggested making one with his parents. DiCaprio agreed, and both of them discussed the ideas.
Fischer went on to send DiCaprio pictures of the work while it was in progress, as well as the end result. The depictions of the artwork were taken from real-life interactions between the actor and his parents. The three of them posed for the artist, after which Fischer took scans from it.
The figurine of the actor is said to be taller than him by a foot. Meanwhile, it remained unclear whether DiCaprio’s parents saw the exhibit.
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Leo is lit 🕯 @leonardodicaprio was chosen by Swiss artist Urs Fischer as the subject of his latest candle portrait, titled “Leo (George & Irmelin,”) in which he is depicted simultaneously hugging his mother, Irmelin Indenbirken, and gazing toward his father, George DiCaprio. The replica, which is filled with black wax, is strangely life-like: Hands, facial expressions and creases on clothing are particularly haunting. The wax figure of DiCaprio is split in two: The side of him that hugs his mother is done in light pink wax, while the other, looking over to his father, stays pristinely white. Tap the link in bio for the full story behind the exhibition. Report: @fleurfleurette . . . . . #wwdeye #leonardodicaprio #ursfischer
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